My name is Steven Rizea, and I'm a 7th kyu Uechi student. I moved around quite a bit when I was young. As a consequence, I've also studied Goju-ryu (never got past white belt) and Taekwondo (I hold a 1st degree black belt in ATA Teakwondo).
I encountered Uechi-ryu through a friend of mine a few months after I got my Taekwondo black belt. I found ATA Taekwondo to be great a great sport, but wanted to get into a more traditional (and practical) martial art.
I was hooked after one class.
I trained through my senior year of high school and as my schedule permitted in college. Now that I graduated, I have the time to study more consistently.